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September 2019

Issue 2

My Apprenticeship Journey

Tom Flannery
Engineering Apprentice

"The chance of a lifetime"

We caught up with Tom, a first year track apprentice,
to find out what he's been involved in during his first
year on the engineering apprenticeship scheme

What kind of skills have you developed What do you think the scheme offers that
whilst being on the scheme? no other does?

Working on track "Communication is vital when it comes to "It gives you the opportunity to take on
the safety of passengers and workers of the responsibility in a big company who are
Working as part of a track team means railway so being an apprentice with Network responsible for the safety of millions of
ensuring that the track system is operating Rail has really improved my communication people every year. The development
to its optimum so that trains can run and skills whether it be talking to my colleagues, opportunities are endless".
Britain can keep on moving. or supporting customers".
What advice would you give to someone
Track assets include all rails, sleepers and What challenges have you faced and how who is considering applying for the scheme?
ballast that support the trains together with did you overcome these?
their associated drainage and ancillary "I would say that it's a lifelong career choice
structures. "Initially I struggled with the higher level of which I'm glad I made. There will always be
responsibility but sought advice and a railway in the country which will always
Working on track often involves making guidance from my team. The support I've need maintaining and improving. It's silly
judgments based on experience and know- had from my colleagues has been not to apply if the railway interests you!
how but new problems and challenges arise, outstanding and it has really built my
making it essential to work as a team to confidence. I feel really valued as part of a Network Rail is a rewarding place to work.
decide on the best and safest solutions. supportive team". You are treated with respect, no matter how
much experience you have".
Track work is an all-weather, around-the-
clock job where engineers could be out day, Life at Westwood
night and at the weekends. It's the kind of
challenge that our apprentices enjoy the "Life at Westwood was truly a once in a Network Rail Apprentices spend the first 21
most. lifetime experience where I made life-long weeks of the scheme at our training facility
friends with whom I hope to remain friends in Coventry; Westwood where they have
and colleagues with for the rest of my access to bespoke engineering training
career. The tutors who trained us at equipment and dedicated expert tutors.
Westwood were simply amazing. They were
supportive and respectful; treating us as
mature adults which fostered a culture of
professional responsibility.

One of my greatest achievements so far is
obtaining distinctions on all academic
subjects whilst at the Westwood training
centre. I had a great experience there and
learnt so much".

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Preparing your child for
the world of work -

top tips for parents

This spring, Pearson released new UK research revealing Be open about new careers, portfolio careers and the role of
parents’ concerns over their children’s education and soft and hard skills in preparing young people for the future.
employment prospects in an increasingly competitive
jobs market. Listening to young people

The research also showed that parents — unsurprisingly My second top tip is – listen to your kids.
– just want their children to be happy, including in their
choice of career. However, it also found that they are Understanding what they think about the future is vital to
uncomfortable about giving their children practical advice their success – both personally, and professionally. They
on education and careers, with real uncertainty and worry know about the “new” jobs out there, from bloggers
about their children being able to find employment. and vloggers to games and app developers, and have
developed their own understanding of what the future may
So, how can parents support their children so they are look like.
prepared for the changing world of work? From my
perspective as Pearson’s Senior Vice President of BTEC Prioritise Their Passions
and Apprenticeships - and a mum of two – I’m sharing
my three top tips for parents needing to bring the world of For parents, our children’s happiness is our number one
careers advice and guidance to life. priority. That said, we must be realistic and recognise that
not everyone can become a professional football player or
Not A Job For Life a Grammy award-winning singer!

The world around us is changing – and fast. Who knows But by identifying your children’s passions – and actively
what jobs will be available in 5 or 10 – nevermind 20 or encouraging them – their future careers can still be
30 years’ time? discussed. Take double Olympic Gold medal-winning
gymnast Max Whitlock: he studied a BTEC and today
With this change comes an understanding that new has a team including nutritionists, physiotherapists, sports
career paths will be springing up constantly, meaning marketers and more – all working within the sporting
today’s learners are no longer required to select a single arena, without being an athlete themselves.
profession – they will need transferable skills to help them
flex and adapt from one career to another. Equally, there’s a By reminding our children of the diverse teams within the
recognition that some careers – doctors, dentists, teachers – vast majority of sectors, we’re better able to map out the
will always be needed within our society, but even these will potential for them to pursue their passions and develop
be impacted by technology and new ways of working. the flexible skill set that will ultimately prepare them for the
changing world of work.

Cindy Rampersaud

Senior Vice President, Pearson BTEC and Apprenticeships Careermag for Parents - Issue 2 | 3

ISSUE 2 September 2019 Contents

Publisher 03 Foreword - Pearson
Careermap Ltd 07 Welcome
08 Top Tips for Parents
Editor 11 Life Stories - Christopher Meredith
Sharon Walpole 12 University challenge
Contributors 13 UCAS 2019 - 2020 dates
Marion Fleetwood 15 Open Days
Production Assistant 19 Degree & Higher Apprenticeships
21 Life Stories - Jessica Wong & Nadia Johnson
Jodie Hill 23 Sector Spotlight - IT & Digital
Design Richard Berry 31 20 things you need to know about Apprenticeships 33 Careers in Gaming
34 Why Study Mathematics?
Contact 35 Sector Spotlight - Education
[email protected] 41 How Teach First are changing the face of education 44 Sector Spotlight - Health and Social Care
47 Sector Spotlight - The Horseracing Industry
@CareerMapNews 52 Traineeships - Movement to Work
career_map Careermap 54 Qualifications Guide
55 Why Should You Subscribe to Careermap?
About Careermag

Careermag publications are designed to provide
quality, up-to-date information about careers and
qualifications. Careers are not a linear path and
you cannot know what you don’t know. We aim
to inspire and inform about all sorts of careers
and opportunities, now and in the future. We
look at all the pathways you can take, be that
vocational, academic and/or professional.

We welcome your input! Please get in touch if you
have any questions or something to contribute.

Contact the Editor at [email protected]


If you would like to receive regular copies of
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Careermag is an excellent resource for schools,
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It’s a new academic year - full steam ahead!

Welcome to the second edition of Careermag for Parents. When we published the
launch edition back in April, we didn’t know what to expect. Reaching out to parents
and guardians is a challenge because the audience is always moving on. Most only
think about their children’s career and qualification pathways a fixed points in time,

such as the beginning of the year, exam season, applications for uni…

I am delighted to report that we have had an overwhelmingly One issue I hear time and time again from both parents and
positive response! The feedback we have received has shown a young people, is a lack of clarity of where different qualifications
real appreciation for the clear and factual information provided, and/or pathways can lead to. The world of work is rapidly
along with inspirational articles about future career opportunities. changing. It is rare to have a job for life, so understanding
Like young people, you don’t know what you don’t know, so how transferable skills is crucial for success. Combine that with
do you search for it? advancements in technology, being resilient is key. To help give a
view, have a look at our Sector Spotlights.
Relax - we’ve got you covered!
Careermag Sector Spotlights are represented in every magazine
Whether you are new to the experience of sixth form or a new we publish. We take an industry or sector and dive deep. Each
college, or you have been through it all before, we have pulled feature gives an overview of what it’s all about, then we dig
together the latest information to help prepare you for the year down to find out what kinds of jobs are available, what the future
ahead. Time goes so fast! The next thing you know it will be time looks like and all the ways you can qualify for a range of jobs.
to think about exams, applying for university or planning for life You may be surprised what a sector has to offer, some you may
after school. have never considered before.

To help you, we have lots of articles about options for school Young people learn in different ways. Some are comfortable with
leavers and key dates to put on your calendar. We have also the traditional A Level to university route, but some don’t fit that
included information about all sorts of qualifications and mould. We explain alternative routes such as apprenticeships,
pathways to think about. Being informed will help in deciding vocational qualifications and much more.
what are the best next steps, whether that is going to university or
further education college, taking up an apprenticeship or going We hope you enjoy this action packed edition of Careermag for
straight into the world of work. Parents! If you love it as much as we do, you can subscribe for
free at And we would love
to hear from you, if you have any questions or a story to tell,
contact us at [email protected].

Wishing you all the very best for a fun and exciting year!

Sharon Walpole

Director, Careermap Careermag for Parents - Issue 2 | 7



for Parents

Words Brian Lightman, PiXL Futures

Just about every qualification in England, Wales and Northern Ireland has been the
subject of extensive reforms. GCSE and A Levels are now ‘linear’ qualifications.
This means that there are no modules or coursework and that everything is

assessed by the final examinations in the summer of year 11 or 13. AS level still exists
as a freestanding qualification but it no longer counts towards A Level.

There is a lot more content to memorise and a much larger number of exams at the end of the course.
This is a heavy workload so a little reassurance and encouragement goes a long way. Schools and colleges offer

a great deal of support through their careers departments and resources such as PiXL Futures.

Nevertheless there are lots of ways in which parents can help students both with their studies and in
preparing for the next steps without being experts on the subjects. BTECs have also changed and now have

an exam as well which needs careful preparation.

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There is no TOP TIPS
such thing
as a ‘free As parents you can help them through three aspects
of the next steps of their journey:
1. Explain to them how to be effective students.
• Talk to them about the next stage of their careers.
• Encourage them to build up a portfolio of wider experiences to include in their CV.
• Give them somewhere quiet to work
• They need to prepare carefully for tests/mocks and use the results to identify any gaps

in their understanding. Talk to them about this and you can help them to memorise
• Don’t expect them to revise for hours on end. Shorter periods with regular breaks are
much more effective.
• Help them to plan their time so that they can balance a social life etc. with work

• They also need plenty of sleep and a healthy diet. Energy drinks are not the answer!

Understanding Grades

Grades 4-9 are passes for GCSEs and E-A* are passes for A Levels (although some courses
have specific grade requirements).
The media often focuses on top grades and do not give credit to the large numbers of
young people who achieve other grades which may represent a massive achievement
and will certainly open doors.
We can’t all get top grades for everything!

For students beginning year 12, it is really important that they get into the right learning
habits from the very beginning and keep up this effort throughout the two years. They
need to use all study periods to go over what has been covered in lessons and prepare
for the next one. This might involve further reading as recommended by the teachers, or
revising previous topics, because all of these will be relevant to the final examination.
There is no such thing as a ‘free period’.

2. Remember that the world of work is changing rapidly so you
can learn with them about the exciting opportunities available.
It is never too early to do this. Ways to do so might include:

• Subscribe to Careermag and reading about opportunities in the Sector Spotlights.
• Find out about post-16 options, which could be staying on in the sixth form, going

to a college or starting an apprenticeship. For A Level and BTEC students, this may
be about going on to university or starting a higher apprenticeship. All should be
• Visit careers fairs! WorldSkills UK Live in Birmingham to gain real insights into a vast
range of opportunities.
• Visit colleges and universities. You may be surprised at what is on offer.

3. Employers want to know what skills young people have in
addition to their qualifications. Ways in which parents might
help might include:

• Talk about the activities your sons/daughters already do and what skills these
demonstrate. Schools may be offering PiXL EDGE, which is a great way of
recognising and recording skills they have developed in Leadership, Organisation,
Resilience, Initiative and Communication.

• Challenge them to take part in community service or the National Citizen Service.
• Encourage them to use their initiative to arrange work experience in their holidays.

This could be at a parent’s workplace or via someone you know. Most employers are
impressed by the direct approach.

Careermag for Parents - Issue 2 | 9


Life Stories

What’s it really like to be an apprentice?

Meet BTEC Student of the Year 2019

Christopher Meredith

‘I left school with no GCSEs and now I’ve landed my dream job’

Christopher Meredith has recently been awarded the BTEC Modestly giving much of the credit for his success to BTEC,
Student of the Year 2019 and is a higher level apprentice Chris is actively involved with marketing apprenticeships
working for the Jacobs engineering consultancy in Leeds. and higher education to other young people, through radio
He has progressed through completion of the Extended and television, and acts as a mentor to junior apprentices
Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment and at work. He also volunteers as a Student Ambassador at
the Advanced Technical Apprenticeship and BTEC HNC Leeds College of Building, because he says, “it’s important
before embarking on the Higher Level Apprenticeship in to give something back to the college that’s supported me
February 2018. for 6 plus years.”

While Chris’s determined progress through these levels is Chris’s ambition is to finish his degree and ‘hopefully
impressive in itself, what makes Chris an award-winner is progress through the ranks of my company’. Chris is an
the fact that he has done this against the odds, lifting himself excellent role model for apprentices - and living proof that
out of what could have been an unhappy future through the with hard work and determination you can achieve anything
sheer force of his effort and personality. you want.

Chris left school with no GCSEs and in his own words ‘didn’t
have the best start in education’ but he wanted more for
himself, describing a “desperate yearning to be successful.”

Learn more about BTEC and the BTEC Awards at Careermag for Parents - Issue 2 | 11


University challenge

Applying for university can seem complex, but break down the process
and it’s a task that is much more straightforward than many imagine.

Deciding to go to university is to make any decisions until the 6th June on exam results. If the five colleges/
a big enough decision in itself 2019. Applications can be submitted universities do not make an offer, or the
and the UCAS application later (check with the college or university), applicant decides to decline the offers,
process can seem daunting, but those received after the end of June there is the option to use UCAS’s free
especially for those who are the go into Clearing, which matches students ‘Extra’ facility to apply for other courses,
first generation in the family to to courses that haven’t been taken. one at a time.
go. There’s lots to consider and
processes to complete. However, Many schools will start the application Once the offers are in, students then
you can simplify it greatly by process for Year 13 students (or Upper need to identify a firm favourite and
splitting it out into key areas: Sixth) as soon as they start in September decline the others. This will need to be
with many having started the process done by a specific date. If the chosen
Research at the end of Year 12. The all important course offer is conditional, the applicant
15th January deadline is important can have a back-up course in case they
First off, identify the desired subject because… because some universities do not gain the entry grades required
and where it offered. You can start by start making offers as soon as they for the first choice.
searching UCAS by subject area so all receive applications. Early submission
related courses appear. This is particularly can increase the chances of being Acceptance
useful to see all the different types and offered a place.
options available. You may be surprised The UCAS process is managed on
by the number available! One of the It is most important to make sure your Track, where the applicant has a profile
many differences between courses is the application form is filled out correctly and an account and whether a place is
duration. For instance, some go over four and you have a strong personal confirmed. If an offer is unconditional,
years with one year working in industry. statement. Applications for all UCAS then the applicant has been accepted. If
Some combine a bachelor’s degree with a Undergraduate courses, except those it is conditional, the college or university
Masters over four consecutive years. And with a 15 October deadline, should will update once exam results (or other
there can be an option to study abroad for arrive at UCAS by 18:00 (UK time) 15 requirements) are in.
part of the course too. January 2020.
If an applicant does not meet the entry
The UCAS course finder tool can help Students normally complete their requirements, then they can search for
with finding the one the ideal course application with a reference from a other courses through Clearing.
and may even throw up some surprises! teacher, adviser or professional who
There may be courses and options you knows them academically. There is an If an applicant is fortunate enough to
haven’t even considered or heard of. application fee (as an example, for exceed the entry requirements of their
Choose up to five courses and research 2019 the application fee is £18 for one preferred course having achieved better
the entry requirements and deadlines course, or £24 for multiple courses). than expected grades, then there is the
for applications. option to look for an alternative course
There’s plenty of help should you need via UCAS’s Adjustment service.
Universities and colleges will have it, UCAS has a dedicated support team
Open Days and it’s important to attend. who can be reached weekdays during Looked at on a step-by-step basis then,
It’ll provide invaluable insight into the working hours on 0371 468 2568 or the university application progress is
campus, facilities available and will by email at ucaprogresssupport@ucas. actually quite straightforward. There’s
give you the chance to talk to students They can also be messaged on plenty to consume and consider, but the
and tutors. You can find out more about Facebook or via Twitter @ucas_online key is to be thorough in the application
Open Days on page 15. is to take time in compiling such
Responses essentials as the Personal Statement.
Next is to wait to hear back from Best of all, the process does offer
UCAS Undergraduate Apply opened chosen universities/colleges, which a good level of flexibility, allowing
on 21st May 2019 for university starts can take some time. They may make students the chance to adjust their
in 2020 even though you will not have an unconditional offer which means application as their preferences and
acceptance straightway, or a conditional circumstances evolve.
offer, where they will offer a place based

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UCAS 2019 - 2020 dates

January 15th February 25th May 1st

Entry deadline for the majority You can add another Decision day! If you
of undergraduate courses choice using Extra. received offers by 31st of
March, reply by 1st May

May 12th May 7th May 2nd

UCAS Undergraduate Course search for Decisions due from
Apply opens for 2020 entry 2020 entry opens course providers if you

applied by 15th Jan

June 6th June 20th June 30th

If you received offers by 2nd UCAS Undergraduate Apply Entry applications
May, you must reply to any opens for 2020 entry received after 30th June are

offers by today entered into Clearing

July 5th July 5th July 4th

2019 International Clearing opens Last day to apply in
Baccalaureate results published for 2019 entry Extra for 2019 entry

July 11th July 18th August 6th

Decision due by course provider If you received offers by 2019 SQA
if you applied by 30th June 11th July, you must reply to results day

August 31th them by today August 15th

Conditions deadline, August 15th 2019 Adjustment
and end of Adjustment opens
2019 A level
results day

September 4th September20th October 15th

2020 UCAS Final deadline for 2020 entry deadline
Undergraduate applications 2019 entry applications for the universities of
can be submitted to UCAS Oxford and Cambridge

Support all year October 22nd Last date to add 2019
Clearing choices & for unis/

colleges to make an offer

Careermag for Parents - Issue 2 | 13






Open Days

Unsure about your future? Unleash your inner Dora the Explorer
and discover your options at a university or college Open Day!

You probably have so many questions about Open Days.
Here are some of the top questions students ask:

What is an Open Day? Why should I go to an Open Day?

Open Days are a fantastic opportunity for you to Wondering if there’s any point in going to an Open Day?
experience first-hand what university or college is really There absolutely is!! Going to an Open Day is your chance
like. Universities and colleges open their doors to the to learn about the courses, see the accommodation, you get
public who are interested in applying to them. There will to meet current students and learn about their experiences
be plenty of talks going on during the day where you can while also meeting lecturers who can discuss the modules
find out more about different subject areas, what life at the in more detail. It is best way to get a real feel for the
university is really like, student housing and finance. personality of the place.

You’ll also get to take a look at all of the universities and University isn’t all study, study, study! Although a key part
colleges facilities, such as sports areas, Students’ Union, of going to university and college is to study and achieve
restaurants, social areas and green space. There will also a qualification, social life also plays a big part. If your
be workshops going on throughout the day to get a taste of child is moving away from home, then it’s important to
what the subject you’re interested in is really like. find out more about the local area and the public transport
available. They all have different settings - from being
Parents are welcome to come along. There are often talks remote in a small town to metropolitan in the middle of a
about finance and support available. big city. Check them out to see if it fits you!

What should I find out while I am there? Where can I find further information
about attending an Open Day
Have a look around and see what vibes you’re getting
from the university. Does there seem to be a good Universities advertise their Open Days on their websites in
relationship between staff and students? Do the students the Undergraduate section. You will usually need to book
there seem happy? a space and there is often the opportunity to book for talks
and other sessions for the day. It is important to check the
Make a list of any questions which might influence your requirements because some will not allow you to simply
decision. Some examples include: turn up on the day without having booked.

• Are there scholarships or bursaries on offer? Can’t attend an Open Day? Give their student services a
• How many contact taught hours does the course offer? call, they may be able to accommodate in another way.
• What is access like to specialist facilities? Many universities make an Open Day podcast which you
• Does the course offer professional accreditation? can listen to so you won’t miss out!
• What is the degree/course made up of? (coursework,
Choosing to go to university is a big decision - personally
exams, presentations, group assessments or practicals) and financially. You wouldn’t buy a house without checking
• What are the core and optional modules? what the neighbourhood is like or what it is like inside! Do
• What are the university halls like? your homework so you know you’ve helped make the right
• Are there good careers and student wellbeing services? decision for your child.
• How does the university help with finding internships and
To find an Open Day, visit:
work placements?
• How often is the library open?
• How far is the accommodation from a supermarket?
• What are the options for catering packages?
• Are cars permitted? Is there any student parking and is

there a cost associated with this?
• Is the university accessible by bus or train? Is it far to

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Degree & Higher

Looking for a credible alternative to going to university?
You’ll be pleased to know that degree apprenticeships are
on the rise. These relatively new type of programmes offer
a different pathway to learning which can help you to
kick-start your career. Degree and higher apprenticeships
are rapidly expanding. Currently, there are over 75 types
available with more being developed!

Like the sound of a debt-free degree? Are degree apprenticeships a viable
alternative to university?
University isn’t the right pathway for everyone and this shouldn’t
limit opportunities when it comes to securing a dream career. Absolutely! Degree apprenticeships can lead to a successful
Some young people are keen to get out into the world of work career just like a university degree can and you’ll be
now and a degree or higher apprenticeship could be a great qualifying at the same level as your university peers. A degree
way to make this step. apprenticeship is a good way to avoid student debt as the
employer and the government will cover the cost of the tuition
Degree apprenticeships combine academic study, on a part- fees. In addition, apprentices are paid!
time basis at university, with time spent with an employer in the
workplace. Degree apprenticeships typically take between three There are various benefits to degrees and higher
and six years to complete. This depends on the course level and apprenticeships. Apprentices are very employable because they
the industry. A degree apprenticeship presents the opportunity have gained valuable industry-specific experience and relevant
to gain a full bachelor’s degree (Level 6) or a master’s degree skills which employers want, with no university debt.
(Level 7) while earning and learning.
Who can do a degree apprenticeship?
Higher apprenticeships go from Level 4 to 7, the equivalent
to Foundation Degrees, Higher National Certificates (HNC) Degree and higher apprenticeships are highly sought after and
or Higher National Diplomas (HND). There a many types of competition can be fierce. Wondering whether your child is
apprenticeships. Below is a chart to show what the educational eligible for a degree apprenticeship? As long as they are able
level equivalent is: to work in the UK, aren’t currently undertaking full-time study
and don’t already hold a degree in the job role, they can apply.
Type of Level Equivalent There are no upper age restrictions to do an apprenticeship.
apprenticeship 2 The grades needed to apply for a degree apprenticeship will
5 GCSE passes vary depending on the employer, however they usually require
Intermediate (grade A*–C or 9–4) A-levels or an equivalent qualification.

Advanced 3 2 A-level passes/Level EXPLORE OPPORTUNITIES
3 Diploma/International
Higher 4, 5, 6 Large employers are looking at apprenticeships more
Degree &7 Baccalaureate seriously than ever, sometimes over hiring graduates.

6&7 Foundation, Bachelor’s Apprenticeships are not new to industries like
or Master’s degree engineering and construction. In fact, many of those in
senior management positions were once apprentices
Bachelor’s or master’s degree themselves. Taking on an apprentice allows employers to
grow a stronger relationship with young talent, helping
What degree apprenticeships can I do? them to fit the company culture and make them feel like
part of a team. Engendering this creates a loyalty that
From architect to bioinformatics scientist, civil engineer to cyber keeps staff on board for much longer and makes them a
security professional - there really is something for everyone!
Degree apprenticeships are offered across a wide range of real asset to their workforce.
industries. To name a few, these can include: accounting and
finance, engineering, teaching, solicitor, social worker, paramedic, Explore current live apprenticeship vacancies at
insurance, retail leadership, nursing, business management, police to get started.
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Life Stories

What it’s like to do a Degree Apprenticeship

Jessica Wong & Nadia Johnson

Dr. Raheel Nawaz, Director of Digital & Technology What’s next for you two?
Solutions, talks to two of his recent Degree
Apprenticeship Graduates about their experience Jessica: We’ve just both graduated with a 1st Class Honours
at Manchester Metropolitan University, and what Degree Apprenticeship from Manchester Metropolitan
the future holds for them. Jessica Wong and Nadia University which we’re ecstatic about. For me, my focus
Johnson were both employed by Thales during their now will be on forming long-term career plans to shape my
degree apprenticeship. professional path. I also want to develop my technical skills
and work towards certifications to progress myself.
Why did you decide to do a degree apprenticeship? Nadia: I’ll be looking to enhance and develop my technical
skills in the hope of broadening my skill set across multiple
Nadia Johnson, Apprentice Software Engineer: I come from technologies. I will also continue to build on the leadership
an engineering family background and so engineering was training that Thales provided me with to grow my skills in this
something I’ve always been interested in and wanted to go area even further.
into. Speaking with family I knew a lot of the engineering
learning came from doing the job so being able to work Video Case studies:
alongside studying was definitely the best option!
Ryan Coram, Degree Apprentice from AstraZeneca
Jessica Wong, Apprentice Software Engineer: I was in the
middle of applying for university when I saw the degree John Peachey, Head of Software Engineering,
apprenticeship vacancy and it seemed like such a great Underwater Systems, Thales
opportunity. When I got the offer, I cancelled my UCAS
university applications. Isobelle Derrig, Degree Apprentice from AstraZeneca
How did you find the degree apprenticeship versus Ashley Burgess, County Car & Van Rental
what you may have experienced at University?
For more information visit
Nadia: It’s been great to have the time at university to
mix with people from other companies to find out best
practices and different ways of working. By doing a degree
apprenticeship rather than full time university, I was able to
move into my own place straight away and keep up with
paying for my mountain biking hobby.
Jessica: I didn’t feel like I missed out on the university lifestyle
as there were a lot of young professionals at work I could
socialise with.

What was your favourite experience during your
degree apprenticeship?

Nadia: Over the past year and a half Jessica and I have
been spending time creating our own STEM campaign. We
had our launch event at the IET, Savoy Place London, for Ada
Lovelace Live. It was fantastic to see that all of our hard work
had paid off and the feedback from the guests was super
positive. This was definitely one of my favourite experiences!
Jessica: This year we had the privilege of being invited to
the Thales event at the House of Commons to celebrate the
launch of the Economic Report, which we are part of. We
met various members of Thales senior management and MPs,
where we had very casual conversations and knowledge
sharing. We were offered a tour of the rest of the building
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IT & Digital

Getting connected to the future!

You’re probably reading this on
a smartphone or tablet right now,
at the same time as checking your
social media feeds (don’t forget to
follow @CareerMapNews). But what
if you want to design those social
media apps, build the hardware or

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About the
Tech Industry

This is an industry that’s changing by the minute, as
more and more aspects of our lives get connected. You
can control your central heating from your phone, and
it won’t be long before we can summon driverless cars
to come and get us with a single swipe. It requires a
lot of skilled people to make this kind of thing happen,
and they’re not all in Silicon Valley: the sector in the
UK is experiencing powerful growth and is highly
respected on the world stage.

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Weekly Pay £640 | Annual Pay £33,280
Careers in Tech can go in many different directions. The Hours/Week 38h | Hourly Pay £17
telecoms sector, for example, involves working with the
broadband, mobile phone and satellite communications The workforce is projected to grow by 3.9% over the period to 2024,
networks which form the foundation of the information age. creating 3,000 jobs. In the same period, 23.2% of the workforce is
That might mean anything from helping customers get their projected to retire, creating 17,800 job openings.
home broadband connected to running diagnostics on an
Alternatively, designing new software or apps, or perhaps Weekly Pay £890 | Annual Pay £46,280
creating websites for individuals and businesses, is big business. Hours/Week 39h | Hourly Pay £23
Think about working for a search engine or social media
company, or even starting on your own: all it takes is one good The workforce is projected to grow by 3.9% over the period to 2024,
idea after all. creating 11,700 jobs. In the same period, 23.2% of the workforce is

As the world changes and technology gets more advanced, projected to retire, creating 70,500 job openings.
we’re relying on it more and more. That means it’s important
to keep that technology safe. Jobs in cyber security, helping to IT PROJECT AND PROGRAMME MANAGERS
block viruses, protect data from hackers or advising companies Weekly Pay £1,070 | Annual Pay £55,640
on how to keep their systems secure are in high demand. Hours/Week 38h | Hourly Pay £28

We’re also using and storing more and more data. Things like The workforce is projected to grow by 3.9% over the period to 2024,
cloud computing services and roles looking for patterns in the creating 3,300 jobs. In the same period, 23.2% of the workforce is
tides of data on the internet are only just getting started. The projected to retire, creating 19,700 job openings.
future could be very exciting, and our young people will be the
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Being good at maths, physics or computer coding are all useful
skills in this industry, but there are many other attributes that
employers value. Creative thinking and problem solving, for
example, or working well with other people; or perhaps a real
passion for innovation and keeping up to date with the latest
thinking. All these skills are also important. Careermag for Parents - Issue 2 | 25


Training in this area is all about taking raw talent and any TRAINING
interest in tech – whether it’s games, apps, mobile technology or
anything else – and putting them to good use. Young people are There are plenty of different ways to get the skills needed for the
at a huge advantage because they’ve grown up with the internet Tech industry. Time to plug in...
and computers, unlike many of the people at the top of big
companies. Getting qualified can change a hobby to a highly Work-based & work-related qualifications
paid career.
Relevant NVQ and BTEC National programmes include:
• Computer Science
Nobody really knows what all the jobs available in this sector • Interactive Media
will be in a few years time, because it’s always evolving. But • Creative Media Production
here are some examples:
Don’t forget: It’s not just A Levels that are recognised by
Telecoms – support technician, helpdesk professional, line universities. BTECs, NVQs and others can also pave the way for
installer, software developer, network planner, web designer a degree.

Applications – IT clerk, data administrator, web technician, Apprenticeships
digital assistant
There are relevant Apprenticeships at three levels:
Security – network engineer, security engineer, security officer,
governance officer Level Two (Intermediate) –

In addition there are higher level and management roles, and equivalent to GCSEs / Standard Grades
even careers in the security services (MI5 and MI6) – although
details about specific roles are kept secret, unsurprisingly. You’ll Level Three (Advanced) –
need to apply to the service to find out more (suggest not doing
a Kingsman impression). equivalent to A Levels / Highers

The Fourth Industrial Revolution Level Four / Five (Higher) –

The previous Industrial Revolutions were: steam and water equivalent to Foundation Degree / Advanced Highers
power; electricity and assembly lines; and computerisation.
Due to the impact of modern technology (and hi tech being Apprenticeships include:
developed now), smart technology will replace traditionally
manual jobs making this considered a distinct era. Many • Creative and Digital Media
consider it to be a change that will improve the quality of • IT Systems and Networking
life. Jobs in the future will become more about harnessing • Cyber Security
and controlling technology to make lives easier. There will • IT Software Web Development
always be a need for hard coders, but less so as software
systems are able to help with base level code so developers If you’re interested in degree level training, there are Degree
can get on with programming. Apprenticeships such as:

Technology is already transforming labour markets across the • Digital and Technology Solutions
world. As new technology develops, some jobs will become • Cyber Security
obsolete. But not to panic! Going forward there will be many • User Experience
new job roles and job titles that we don’t even know about • Data Analysis
yet. Developing the right skills and being adaptable will make
future prospects not only better, but exciting. New ones are being created almost as fast as we can type them
up, so keep an eye on what’s currently available by checking
Heard the term ‘tech disruption’ bantered about and wonder university sites and search on
what it means? It refers to situations when technology
changes the traditionally accepted business models. Think of A Levels and Bachelors Degrees
it this way, traditionally you needed vast sums of money and
international business connections to be a world leading Useful A Levels might include:
technology company. Now, young people are creating
products and services online from their laptops fast and • Computer Science
cheaply, challenging larger established businesses. And • Maths
with social media, these can be shared widely, bypassing • Music Technology
the need for international marketing support. • Design and Technology

Young people will do well to think more about skills and Already know that a degree is the way you want to break
how they can be transferred for jobs of the future! This will into the sector? Head to UCAS and find out what A Levels (or
touch on everyone, not just people working in the IT sector! Scottish Highers/IB modules) you’ll need for the course that
interests you.

Industry-specific degree programmes for undergraduates at
university include: computer science, information systems,
software engineering, artificial intelligence and health
infomatics. Yes! Health infomatics! Computing skills are in
demand in all sectors, not just by IT companies.

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IoT - the Internet
of Things

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it
means: n. a proposed development of the internet
in which many everyday objects are embedded
with microchips giving them network connectivity,
allowing them to send and receive data.

OR: the interconnection of everyday things to
technology, like giving Alexa or Siri the instruction
to start your car, or using an app to adjust the
heating at home when you are out and about.

Find Apprenticeships and jobs in IT, LIFE IN THE
telecoms and creative media near TECH INDUSTRY
you at
To give you an idea of how vital tech is to almost every business operating in the UK, top employers (including
O2, BT, Google, Royal Mail, Asda, the BBC and Network
Rail) support training programmes like Apprenticeships,
or work closely with Unis to train up the next generation.
There are lots of opportunities out there – these are just the

tip of the tech iceberg.

So, ready to move fast? You’d better be, because this is a
rapidly changing industry. Be prepared to work hard to
keep up, but the good news is that it’s the cutting edge of
the tech industry – pretty soon, industry might be working
hard to keep up with you.

Everyone – individuals, companies, even pets with microchips
– uses technology differently, which means that the same job
role can vary hugely between employers. It might well be
working in an office and using computers, tablets and so on
all day or be out and about in the field installing software or
helping a business put in a new network.

Yes, there’s likely to be a fair bit of time working in front of
a screen, or a tablet. Give it a few years though, and who
knows? It might all be holograms, AI, VR headsets and
chatting with colleagues in the US using smart speakers.
The job might be based in one of those trendy offices
where they have ball pools and stuff, or be building an
empire from the local coffee shop with just a laptop. The
code to the future is already in young people’s heads. It
just needs to be teased it out.

You could work in any type of organisation! Everyone
needs technology and support.

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things you need to know
about Apprenticeships

If you’re new to Apprenticeships, here’s some essential information

1 Apprentices train on the job, 9 Most employers retain their 16 Apprenticeships are
working with an employer to apprentices as employees, seeing available at three levels:
pick up the skills they need for them as a way to deal with skills Intermediate Level 2
their chosen career. gaps and bring in fresh thinking. (equivalent to GCSE), Advanced
Level 3 (equivalent to A Levels)
2 As an Apprentice you study (either 10 Forget all that old- and Higher Levels 4-7. Higher
at college or with a Training fashioned stereotyping and Degree Apprenticeships are
Provider) to gain nationally- of Apprenticeships as equivalent to university-level study,
recognised qualifications. only being good for learning a from Foundation to Masters Degree.
trade. The most popular sector
3 Apprentices are paid for their is health and social care, but 17 Employers offer
work. The amount varies. Any business, finance, engineering and apprenticeships in more
apprentice, regardless of age, construction are growing. than 170 industries, with
is paid £3.90 per hour in the first some 1500 job roles available. You
year of their apprenticeship. The 11 Nine out of ten Apprentices could train to be anything from an
minimum after that for under 18s say they are satisfied with accountant to a youth worker, an
is£4.35, for 18-20 year olds is £6.15 their Apprenticeship. engineer to a veterinary nurse.
and £7.70 if you are over 21, but it
can be much more than that. 12 You might earn more. On 18 Anyone over 16 living
average, Higher Apprentices in England can apply
4 Apprentices work at least 30 earn £150,000 more over to be an Apprentice. If
hours a week. their lifetime than those with Level you live in Scotland, Wales, or
Three vocational qualifications. Northern Ireland, check out your
5 You receive at least 20 days apprenticeship options locally.
of paid holiday, plus bank 13 You can also get a Degree
holidays. Apprenticeship. They do just 19 If you’re not quite ready
what they say on the tin: for an Apprenticeship, a
6 You get an NUS card, just like you get a degree (a Bachelors or Traineeship can help young
any other student, which entitles Masters, depending on the level you people aged 16-24 get the skills
you to cheaper travel and go for) via the Apprenticeship route. and experience needed, for an
discounts in various stores. Except all your costs are paid for. apprenticeship or the world of work.
That’s right – a fee-free degree.
7 There were 375,800 apprentice 20 Apprenticeships last for
starts last year. 14 No student loan required! at least a year and can
You earn as you learn on an continue for up to five years.
8 Apprentice and school leaver Apprenticeship, and your
recruitment was 50% higher employer covers your training costs. INTERESTED?
than 2017, a much faster rate
than the growth in graduate hiring. 15 Major employers hire You can search for
Apprentices, including Apprenticeships
the BBC, Barclays, IBM near you at
and Google. Careermag for Parents - Issue 2 | 31


Search for Apprenticeship and
School Leaver opportunities at


Careers in Gaming

It’s more than just fun and games Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash

15-year-old Brit, Jaden Ashman hit the the US and nearly 50,000 people are For those who might be put off by that,
headlines recently as a runner up in the employed in it in this country. then a recent report by the start-up Game
2019 Fortnite World Cup competition. Academy says it found the skills learned
He and his team-mate won £1.8 million Ian says there are many and varied by playing games can be applied to
in the doubles section of the competition. opportunities in the gaming industry: “The real-life work situations. Take Sim City for
The US Winner, Kyle Giersdorf, or Bugha great thing is that if you are good at pure instance – ideal for town planners.
to give him his game name, took home computer science, then there is all the
the largest ever pay-out for a single cutting-edge stuff you can get involved in, Ian says: “It can allow people to try out
player in an esports tournament, ending such as AI. different concepts and ideas safely in
up £2.5 million better off. the virtual world and help them to solve
“But there are also opportunities for problems, as we see when VR used in
No doubt this ignited the dream of many those whose creative talents do not lie in company training” For teenagers hunched
to reach the dizzy heights of esports - code. For instance, graphic designers, over their game consoles in their bedrooms,
that is video gaming in a professional 3D animators, soundscape experts and this could offer a whole new reason to stay
capacity. But here’s a thought. For the musicians all contribute to video games. there, no matter what their parents say.
Fortnite World Cup, forty million players There are also great jobs for storytellers
attempted to qualify over 10 weeks of and scriptwriters.” The skills learnt around technology
online competition. It’s a bit like saying are super transferable! Read more
because you like playing football you can The path into the industry, which is still in about the sector here:
qualify for the premier league. its infancy, has a bit of a punk DIY ethos
about it according to Ian: “While degrees Gaming and technology careers
However Ian Hughes, the chair of the have their place, it’s also very much about are not just for the boys: https://
Animation and Games Committee for people making games themselves, getting
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT says their work online, writing blogs about it just-for-the-boys/
esports competitions are becoming more and showing they can do this. There’s lots
popular across the board whether it’s of free software out there that can be used You can gain an IT qualification
football, with games such as FIFA, or to create games, or parts of games, to without having to go to Uni. The
driving games such as Gran Turismo: showcase talents. The industry is also as Chartered Institute of IT offers a
“This area is really ramping up,” he says. much about small indie developers as it is range of digital qualifications.
about large studios.” Check them out:
Ian, who also works as a senior analyst, get-qualified/digital-literacy-
Internet of Things, Augmented and Virtual It is also an industry that demands a qualifications
Reality, at 451Research, says this is lot of commitment from the individual,
generating all sorts of new opportunities, according to a survey by the Learning on the job is a great way
not only for players, but also for those entertainment trade union BECTU. to quickly get into the tech industry.
who work in the gaming industry. There have been concerns about what’s Browse our range of creative,
called Crunch-time – that is the period digital and IT apprenticeships at
It’s a sector that’s worth more that £3.9bn immediately before the release of a new
to the UK economy, which is more than game, with pressure on developers to
video and music combined. The UK is work excessive hours with the expectation
fifth behind China, Japan, Germany and that it won’t always be paid. Careermag for Parents - Issue 2 | 33


Why Study Mathematics?

Making the most feared teacher question redundant

Parents up and down the country will be to their engagement and understanding. Young people can do
very familiar with a variety of adolescent There have been significant strides amazing things!
complaints and grumbles, but they may forward made in the delivery of maths
not be aware of the one that gets repeated within our schools, attempting to develop Having a good foundation in maths
thousands of times a day across our relevance and context for young people, can lead to exciting careers like a
schools. It’s one that teachers dread, however, for many young people the Nano Technologist!
and even devise their own professional challenge remains - ‘when am I ever
answers to, although those answers going to need to know this?’. grow-up-i-want-to-be-a-data-farmer-
are not always quite as sincere as they nano-technologist-genetic-editor/
appear! So, what is this fearsome question Young Enterprise is a national charity which
you ask? Well it’s the teenage call of: provides programmes in schools with a We’re proud to be partners with Young
focus on enterprise, employability and Enterprise. You can find out more about
‘When am I ever going to financial capability. These programmes, to them here:
need to know this?’ varying extent, include discrete elements of supplier/Young-Enterprise/
maths, and in some cases this can be quite
This can be heard in classrooms in complex maths. Young people involved in Maths is not the sole, or even primary,
schools every minute of every day, no the programmes often approach the maths focus of the programmes Young Enterprise
matter where, however there is one very differently to their classroom practice delivers, but for over 50 years we have
subject which receives more than its fair – it’s used as a solution to a practical wholeheartedly supported the mantra of
share of challenges. Can you guess problem that needs resolving before they ‘learning by doing’. Giving classroom
….? That’s right, it’s maths. Step inside can progress further, or to make what they learning a practicality and relevance
the vast majority of maths classes and are doing more efficient or effective. It has for young people is key to what we do,
more often than not you’ll hear at least purpose for them. whether those skills are developed in
one student ask this question, to either maths, English or any other subject area.
their peers or their teacher directly. This A great example of this is the comparison Through their participation in Young
is usually followed quite swiftly by a well- of two mobile phone tariffs with different Enterprise programmes we aim to not only
rehearsed explanation extolling the virtues allowances. Through one of our activities develop enterprise, employability and
of everyday applications of mathematics we ask young people to work out which financial skills, but to also support young
in work or life from the teacher. tariff would be better for a range of people to apply classroom learning in a
different users. This is approached practical way, appreciate the various ways
Young people crave relevance. They with relish. Young people know and in which classroom learning will support
need to know how things work, why they understand mobile tariffs, the context their future life and work, and ultimately
are needed and ultimately what use they is entirely relevant to them, and it is a change young people’s attitudes towards
are to them. Clearly, maths is a crucially practical skill they can use in the future. learning so the ‘when am I ever going to
important subject area, but if young What they may not immediately realise need to know this?’ question becomes a
people cannot see the relevance of what is that they have begun the process of distant memory for teachers.
they are learning there are challenges tackling simultaneous equations.

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Support, create, inspire and lead -
a career in education lets you do all that!

Classroom teaching is one career - and
it’s an incredible one - but working
in the sector isn’t only about that! It
could be using digital tech, delivering
instrumental tuition, marketing,

finance, leadership and so much more!
Read on and find out how you could

use your skill set in this incredibly
rewarding sector… Careermag for Parents - Issue 2 | 35


About the
Education Sector

36 | Careermag for Parents - Issue 2 When someone says they ‘work in education’ it’s easy
to assume they are a classroom teacher, isn’t it? And
we definitely need teachers! Right now the Department
for Education is predicting that the UK will need an
additional 47,000 secondary school teachers by 2024
to cope with the projected rise in pupil numbers. So
there are huge opportunities.


But think about a learning environment - it’s not Case Study
always a classroom. It could be a residential care
home or a football pitch. A dance rehearsal room NAVAHRA LINDSAY
or a driving lesson. A hairdressers or a horse riding
school. And think about all the roles which support Secondary School Teacher
learning. From creating a great new digital resource
for use by pupils with special needs, to maintaining I currently teach in a private secondary school in north
some of the UK’s over 3.3 million school based London, and before that, taught for 10 years in a state
computers. From working to create nourishing comprehensive school in south west London. I teach
menus in schools and colleges, to ensuring that an English but have just qualified to teach Astronomy as well.
educational facility stays within budget.
I studied English at UCL and I did my PGCE at the Institute
You could be part of a sector which inspires and of Ed in London in 1999. I went back to UCL in 2014 to
develops the talent and ability of learners of any age. study Astronomy for myself - mainly because I love learning
and wanted to reconnect with my interest in science.
I became acting head of English at school in Putney and
You could have a career as an employee, as a self employed have been assistant head of English in all my schools. I
business owner or freelancer. As a consultant or a contractor. could go down the leadership route, and I could become
And you could combine great job satisfaction with doing what a senior manager or head, but class teaching is where my
you love doing. The list is endless! heart is and I love it too much to leave it.

Teaching roles If you want to be a teacher make sure you have great
subject knowledge and know what you might need to
Classroom teacher, SEN teacher, nursery teacher, instrumental teach within it. The training you get is on actual teaching
music teacher, headteacher, FE/HE lecturer, course leader, and how classrooms work - not the subject content.
professor, teaching assistant, instrumental music teacher or
football coach. Initially I wanted to teach to supplement my income as an
actor but I became so engrossed in teaching I decided to
As a freelancer, how about starting up a dance or acting make that my career. I still act - but only in the classroom!
academy, or provide workshops to schools in specific areas
which need specific expertise - like Bhangra drumming! All have Skills you will need as a school teacher
face to face contact with learners and will give you the chance
to pass on the skills and knowledge students need to fulfil their A deep knowledge of and passion for your subject or
own potential subjects - and an interest in keeping up to date with new
ideas and developments.
There are also a whole range of vital supporting roles, and
careers which educate in different sectors: Keeping up with changes to the curriculum and examination
requirements set out in legislation and by examination boards.
• School business manager/administrator
• School meal service nutritionist An ability to communicate really well, along with the skill
• IT manager of inspiring your students to learn - teaching isn’t just about
• Finance manager passing on knowledge - it’s about nurturing a love of learning.
• Software/app developer
• Fundraising or marketing officer Be enthusiastic - it motivates and drives a passion for learning!
• Museum education officer
• Policy maker Good planning and time management - you’ve got to be able
to fit it all in.
Useful links
A great grasp of IT and the particular resources and software used in educational settings and their potential to
apprenticeships.html assist and enrich your students’ learning. Effective record keeping - recording the progress of your
and-competence-based-qualifications/teaching-training- students and reporting it.
Be able to respond to your students and fellow staff members - they’re human beings and come to school or college with
specialist-and-professional-qualifications/teaching-training- their own sets of circumstances.
Working with and supporting your colleagues -
you’re a team. Careermag for Parents - Issue 2 | 37




What you will get back as a teacher….. App Developer, Software Engineer

You will never stop developing, however long your career is. I qualified as a teacher after completing a degree in
Many of them are transferable, so if you decide on a career software engineering and while I was teaching, Apple
change they will be useful. released IOS for iPhones. There was no curriculum for
teaching programming skills for this, so I wrote a guide
But in addition, expect to: for teachers on how to teach kids about IOS development,
Discover a subject you knew little about from a colleague - you might which was bought by colleges across the country.
teach English but never knew geology could be so interesting!
I’ve worked on and released apps for the NHS - Silver
Or that taking a music exam would be something you would do Linings for Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health
one day. The best teachers are lifelong learners. Foundation Trust, which supported young people with
Develop your senior management skills and become a course mental health diagnoses who could find themselves in
leader or headteacher. crisis between meetings with clinicians (and which won
a departmental service award). They worked alongside
Get a deeper understanding of your students and their hopes traditional medical interventions and helped to create a
and dreams and have the incredible experience of helping them more personalised care package for each person.
along the road to realising them.
Working on software development which helps support
There is nothing like bumping into an ex-pupil one day and vulnerable young people and enables them to get the most
discovering they are a published poet and it was down to those out of their education has been really rewarding. I enjoy
English lessons you taught! discovering and contributing to different working groups,
bringing people together to create ‘an expert’ to solve a
PATHWAYS AND QUALIFICATIONS - problem. Good mental health means more effective learners.
The best teachers are
Bottom line - you need a degree and a DBS check. lifelong learners.

DfE advice is to get some school experience first to help you see
if teaching is for you. They can help find you a school local to
you. There you can spend time seeing school from a teacher’s
perspective. Check out a few school websites. Don’t worry, it’s
not mandatory, but will help your decision and introduce you to
the profession properly!

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Education is the most powerful weapon which you
can use to change the world Nelson Mandela

You must have achieved minimum requirements in GCSE English Case Study
and maths (and science if you want to teach at primary level).
You’ll also need to pass the professional skills tests in numeracy JENNY WILLIAMS
and literacy before you begin your training.
Primary School SEN Teacher
To be a teacher in a state school you will need Qualified Teacher
Status (QTS), for which you will need a degree and have I have a BSc and a PGCE and after 14 years teaching
followed a programme of Initial Teacher Training (for example in mainstream schools, I wanted to move into Special
a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, School Direct or Teach Needs Education. I now work in a Special School
First) or to have completed a Bachelors degree which includes specialising in teaching children with autism. I have
QTS as part of the course. You can teach in independent gained the skills needed for Special Education Needs
schools, free schools and academies in England without QTS, (SEN) teaching through professional development
but it’s a real advantage to have it. provided by my school trust.

You can also get QTS through a Postgraduate Teaching The best thing about my job is seeing children achieve
Apprenticeship where you’ll be employed by a school while through tiny steps. To other children these might seem
you learn on the job. The requirements are the same as those insignificant, but are huge for my students.
for other routes, but the advantage of an apprenticeship is that
there are no tuition fees. At the moment they are only available To become a Special Educational Needs Coordinator
in England (you can apply from anywhere in the UK though) and you need to complete the National Award for Special
as the scheme is new, the places are limited. Apply through the Educational Needs Coordination within three years of
UCAS Teacher Training website. starting in an SEN post.
All people working as teachers are required to have a DBS
check - this is normally carried out by your employers once you You can also take a work-based course (full or part time or
have passed an interview. voluntary) to enable you to work as a Nursery Nurse or child-
minder, such as the City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma for the
Qualifications and routes into teaching in Wales, Scotland and Early Years Practitioner, or a childcare qualification such as an
Northern Ireland are slightly different - more details on how to NVQ or BTEC.
apply across the UK can be found on the UCAS website: teaching-in-the-uk I DON’T WANT TO TEACH.
To qualify as a nursery teacher you need to be qualified to
degree level, with GCSE passes in maths, English and science) Imagine a school or other learning environment is a business.
and have taken a course to gain Early Years Teacher Status. After all, like any other sector, education has budgets and has
marketing, IT, planning and administration needs.
SCHOOL TEACHER? So - thinking of finance as a career? Remember, a school has to
keep to budget and you could help them do that by becoming a
Qualified teachers salaries range from £23,719 as a newly school finance officer.
qualified teacher outside London to £118,849 as the head
teacher of a school in inner London (Source - DofE 2018/19). Into computer maintenance or IT? Whether in the classroom or
Additional payments are made for extra responsibility - for as part of the day to day admin of a school, IT is an essential
example if you take on an additional role in school or work with part of a school. And it needs managing and maintaining for
pupils with special educational needs. the school to function properly.

NOT ALL TEACHING ROLES REQUIRE Got a great head for gaming design? Your creation might just be
A DEGREE! the key that unlocks the learning of a child with special needs.

Teaching Assistant If you want to work in the education sector, no matter what your
skill set is, there will be a way you can use it.
To become a teaching assistant you can qualify by completing
a course or by training on the job if you have relevant past
experience, through an apprenticeship, or through BTEC
specialist qualifications in Education and Training (Level 3 and
over) or an Edexcel Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools.
You’ll need GCSE passes in English and maths.

Useful links DfE | Teach First Careermag for Parents - Issue 2 | 39


How Teach First are
changing the face of education

A different pathway The start of the journey Time to Teach supports people from a
into teaching range of other professions to transfer their
This past year has been the largest and skills to build a new career in teaching.
Did you know that a child from a most diverse cohort ever for the Teach Reconnect with Teaching helps people
disadvantaged background is less likely First Training Programme. 1,735 trainees return to teaching and find a role where
to get good GCSEs and go on to higher started in school this September on our they can make a real difference.
education? The effects of this can last a programme. Whilst this number is huge,
lifetime, widening social inequality. It’s a in the last 15 years they placed more than When London’s schools transformed
cycle Teach First is determined to break. 10,000 teachers in low-income areas. their results, Teach First was credited as
It has been supporting both primary and And these teachers have supported more a leading factor. Many of their trainees
secondary schools for over 15 years to than one million children. have moved into leadership positions in
help build a fair education for all. schools in low-income areas.
The Teach First two-year Training
Support from Teach First isn’t just a one-off, Programme provides trainees with expert Altering the outcome
it’s a journey. They match some of the best support from their school and from the
candidates with the schools most in need of Teach First team. Five weeks of intensive Not only does Teach First get more teachers
great teachers through a variety of training training prepares trainees to take charge into schools, they also offer flexible training
programmes, and offer programmes for of a classroom on a 60% timetable, ready and expert support for teachers to develop
teachers at all levels in school to develop to make a difference to the lives of children further. Great leaders build great schools
their skills for leadership positions. from some of the UK’s poorest communities. so we’re working to make sure schools in
low-income areas can access leadership
Getting an Insight Talented trainees are partnered with the development opportunities.
schools where they can help the most.
Starting with Teach First at university is Within two years of partnering with us, Their school development programmes
the best way to get to know what we’re evidence shows that schools have improved help build resilience, adaptability
all about, gain valuable experience their GCSE results from 9% lower than and personal drive to tackle specific
and get ahead in the selection for the others’ in the same school to 16% higher. challenges faced by each school. With five
Training Programme. development programmes on offer, we aim
Although it’s their largest programme, to support teachers at every level of their
On their Taster Programme, first year students Teach First don’t just recruit new teachers career to take that next step in leadership.
experience the thrill of teaching for two full on their Training Programme. They offer
days. It’s a crash-course on all things Teach more specialised routes into teaching with No child’s future should be restricted by
First, where students discuss educational Time to Teach programme and Reconnect their background. Teach First is determined
inequality, plan a lesson and flex their with Teaching. to alter the outcome and make sure every
teaching muscles in front of a real class. child can reach their potential. In the
classroom, in work and in life.
The STEM Internship is a whole week
jam-packed with workshops to build their If you’d like to find out more about joining one of
teaching skills for students. It’s aimed at Teach First’s programmes, visit:
students in their penultimate year studying
science, technology, engineering or maths
who get the chance to teach their very own
lesson and observe outstanding lessons in
one of our partner schools. The week is
capped off with a shortened version of a
selection day which could result in an early
offer to the Teach First Training Programme.

Teach First also hire students in all years
to become Campus Representatives at
lots of universities around the country.
In this position, students work part-time
throughout their studies to promote the
Teach First mission at their university.
From running events and public speaking
to building relationships with academics
and students, the skills gained on this
programme are invaluable for their next
career move. They also stand out when
applying for the Teach First Training
Programme, so their student job could
lead to their career. Careermag for Parents - Issue 2 | 41


Health and Social Care

Interested in starting your career in health and HOW CAN I QUALIFY?
social care? The opportunities are endless.
Although careers in health and social care can Each health and social care career will have different pathways to
be extremely challenging, they are also highly qualify. It all depends on your personal preference and the career
rewarding. If you’re caring and want to make you’re keen to pursue. Let’s take a look at a few of the routes
a difference to the lives of others then why not available to you:
consider a career in health and social care?
The health and social care industry provides exciting opportunities
for people with caring attributes. There are a wide variety of Health and social care studies at A-Level will help you to expand
roles in the health and social care sector - from medical secretary your knowledge in health, early years covering care and
to business administration, nursing, midwifery and much more. education and social care. Studying health and social care will
What you decide to do all depends on where your interests lie. also help you gain an insight into what issues are affecting the
industry while you also investigate real-life situations.
Working in the health and social care sector can involve being
employed by the NHS or a private organisation. You’ll be helping Health and social care apprenticeships are ideal for people
people from all walks of life, for instance, the elderly, adults, looking to learn on the job. You’ll combine on the job training
children and babies. You could be supporting people with mental with theory relevant to the health and social care industry.
health problems or physical and learning disabilities, as well as Health and social care apprenticeships include:
people suffering from other medical conditions.
Adult Care Worker | Clinical Practitioner | Ambulance Support
Health and social care covers a wide range of career Worker | Associate Ambulance Practitioner | Children Young People
opportunities. The sector is extremely broad but you could be and Families Practitioner | Community Sport and Health Officer |
working in one of the following roles: Community Activator Coach | Dental Laboratory Assistant |
Dental Nurse | Dental Technician | Midwife | Nursing Associate |
Social worker | Medical associate | Paramedic | Counsellor | Occupational Therapist | Operating Department Practitioner |
Nurse | Personal trainer | Midwife | Occupational therapist | Optical Assistant | Paramedic | Pharmacy Services | Personal
Dental nurse | Pharmacist Trainer | Physiotherapist | Podiatrist | Nurse | Rehabilitation
Worker | Prosthetist/Orthotist | Social Worker |
There are many other job roles available in health and social Healthcare Assistant Practitioner | Healthcare Science Assistant |
care too. These are just a small handful of careers that you can Healthcare Science Associate | Healthcare Support Worker |
choose from! Lead Adult Care Worker | Senior Healthcare Support Worker

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Technology and the health and
social care industry

Technology is transforming the health and social care industry
in how we treat patients and develop new cures. From
3D printing to robotics and much more - who knows how
technology advancement can impact the health and social
care industry in the future?

Emerging technologies are set to change the health and social
care industry whils saving thousands of lives in the process.
As technology unites with health and social care services, new
job roles will emerge. For instance, 3D printing will become
essential in healthcare, creating living organisms such as skin.
The ultimate aim is to be able to create vital organs which will
save many lives. What was once a fantasy is quickly becoming
a reality!

Decided health and social care is the right career choice for
you? Visit Careermap to apply for your dream job!

My Future Me CareerMap has collaborated with Pearson to support your career planning. Are you interested in kick-starting

your career in health and social care? This portal gives you the opportunity to match your skills to a suitable job role whilst helping
you to understand the different pathways into the sector. From paramedics to complementary therapists, midwifery and everything
in between, we’ve got you covered! You can find out everything you need to know to make a well-informed decision.

BTEC Healthcare skills

BTECs provide a practical alternative to A-Levels. The learning To work in the health and social care industry, you’ll need a
content you’ll undertake during a BTEC is related to the range of skills, but most importantly you’ll need to caring and
working environment but you can take them in a local college passionate about helping people. Other skills can include:
and some schools offer units as well. Health and social care
BTECs can include: Sociable | Understanding | Resilient |Hard-working
Good communication skills | Work as part of a team as
Adult Social Care | Activity Provision in Social Care | well as independently | Time management
Assisting and Moving Individuals for Social Care Settings |
Awareness of Dementia | Awareness of End of Life Care | ‘If you don’t posses these skills already, don’t worry! These will
Counselling Skills | Dementia Care | Health and Social Care | be developed once you have qualified and have entered the
Early Years and Child Care | Maternity Support Work | working world.
Ophthalmic Dispensing Assistant | Optometric Clinical Assistant |
Paediatric First Aid | Personal Safety Awareness | To find out more about to how to qualify for a career in health
Residential Childcare | Supporting Activity Provision in Social and social care, read more at NHS Health Careers www.
Care | Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities |
Understanding the Safe Use of Medicines | Working with
Individuals with Diabetes | Working with Medication | Find Apprenticeships and jobs in health and
Working with Substance Misuse | Children’s Eye Care | First social care near you at
Person on Scene | Healthcare Science | Hearing Care Assistant |
Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare |
Optical Dispensing | Therapeutic Counselling


Degree level qualifications include higher national diplomas, higher
national certificates, foundation degree, bachelors and masters
degrees. A wide variety of universities offer degrees related to
health and social care. These can include:

Health and Social Care | Adult Nursing | Health Sciences |
Mental Health Nursing | Social Work | Counselling |
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Launch a Fun and Excitign Career With




There is a lot more to the
industry than meets the eye

Did you know that young people can
study for an Apprenticeship in the

Horseracing industry? So with young
people having to stay in education
until they are 18, attending one of
our Training Providers and taking a

vocational route can be a good choice,
especially if they’d like to combine their

passion with a rewarding career. Careermag for Parents - Issue 2 | 47


About the
Horseracing Industry

Racing and Thoroughbred breeding offers a range
of exciting and challenging roles and training
opportunities. Your child could be involved with
breeding or racing some of the best horses in the
country or pursue a career in another part of this
diverse industry. From Racing Grooms and Digital
Editors to Stud Hands and Catering Staff, there is
something for everyone in this historic sport.

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British Racing is a major industry; worth over £3.45 billion annually to the national
economy, it is the second largest spectator sport and is responsible for 85,000 direct and
indirect full-time jobs, making it the largest sporting employer.

HOW TO GET STARTED The National Horseracing College

Careers in Racing helps people find a really rewarding job The National Horseracing College, based in Yorkshire,
roles in an industry that they are passionate about. There also delivers a Foundation Course which leads onto an
are dedicated Training Providers and courses available from Apprenticeship based in a racing yard. The course is suitable for
Apprenticeships to an MBA, riding and non-riding. all abilities, even complete beginners. The aim of this residential
course is to prepare students for working in the racing industry.
The British Racing School During this initia..l period of training students will undertake such
activities as carrying out yard duties, looking after racehorses,
The British Racing School, based in Suffolk, delivers a residential riding out, attending lectures, fitness and studying for their
Foundation Course and is suitable for all abilities, even if technical certificate and key skills qualifications.
someone is a complete beginner. They recruit young people
from all over the country. On successful completion of the The course includes:
Foundation Course, students will achieve a Level 1 Diploma in
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Whether you complete the Foundation Course at the British of British racing1
For more information on careers,Racing School or National Horseracing College, upon successful
training and job opportunities visitcompletion of the course, students will be found employment 1. or contact usin a UK racing stables and work towards an Apprenticeship
at Level 2. The next step would be to study for the Advanced Want to find out more?
on [email protected] at Level 3 and for those with the right aptitude
and ability, a chance to become a Jockey. There is career Both Racing Schools have regular Open Days where you
progression with many jobs available within a racing yard such can go along and meet the horses, the staff and take a look
as Head Groom, Travelling Head Groom and Assistant Trainer. at their facilities including their impressive accommodation.
There are training courses available to support young people as You will find the dates on both their websites. Sign up to
they progress up the career ladder. the Careersinracing newsletter (found on the front page of
their website) and they will keep you up to date with events
Take a look at the Careers Paths on our website to find out where you and your child can find out more about the
how transferable skills can be utilised in other areas of the exciting careers available in racing.
industry. You can also find a dedicated industry Job Board We are more than happy to help and can answer
hosting an array of jobs, in all sorts of areas within the industry. your questions.
From Gardeners at Racecourses to Digital Editors at production You can get in touch with us via social media on Twitter,
companies. There are so many career paths to choose from! Facebook or Instagram. Or you can WhatsApp message us
directly on 07342949616.
The National Stud
If your son or daughter has decided that they want to work
with horses but don’t necessarily want to ride, then think
about training for a career in the breeding industry. The
training is open to anyone over the age of 18 and is delivered
by the National Stud in Newmarket. There are no entry
requirements or formal qualifications to complete the Entry to
Stud Employment Course, only a desire to work with animals
and a love of being outdoors. Students will learn how to look
after mares, foals and stallions and the breeding cycle. On
successful completion of the course, students will be placed into
stud farm as a Stud Hand. Many students progress on to be
Stud Grooms, Stud Managers and Bloodstock Agents.

For more information visit


Watching your child making that next step in their life can be
a daunting experience for parents. If you are worried about
your child leaving home - don’t be! All of the Training Providers
have vast experience and qualifications in dealing with
young people from all backgrounds. The staff are supportive
and your child will get to know lots of people just like them,
sharing a love of horses. There is a good support network
available throughout their career in racing. Racing Welfare is
a charitable organisation that provides help and support for
racing staff in all areas of wellbeing and your child will be
introduced to their local Welfare Officer at the beginning of
their careers.

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